A doctor at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital allegedly cut off the tip of a 10-year-old boy’s penis during a botched circumcision procedure over a week ago.
According to the boy’s father, the boy had visited his mother in Meadowlands, Soweto, for the school holidays when his stepfather decided to take him to a clinic inside the facility for the one-day procedure.
“He had been looking forward to be circumcised. He kept telling me that he wanted to be circumcised as soon as he turned 10.”
The boy’s father said he was only informed about the botched surgery three days after the incident.
“[When I went to see the boy] he told me he had been the fourth boy in the queue on the day of the operation. He said the other boys were cut properly – except him,” the father said.
When he arrived at the hospital, his son had already been bandaged. The boy now urinates through a urinary catheter.
“I did not expect that the hospital will cut my son’ s penis. The doctors said they stitched it back . but I am not happy,” he said.
Yesterday was the boy’s eighth day in hospital.
“He is not allowed to get off the bed because the doctor said he would injure himself. It tells you that the injury is bad, and I am worried that he will miss school. I want someone to take responsibility,” he said.
The father said his child was traumatised. “He is a smart boy, he knows what happened to him. I am so angry. How can they allow this to happen?”
The man, who lives with the boy in Zakharia Park, south of Johannesburg, said he was seeking legal advice.
Gauteng department of health spokesman Steve Mabona said the department had successfully engaged the family of the child, and that they were happy with the explanation.
“The child’s unfortunate setback was clinically rectified, he is currently receiving medical attention and he will definitely heal and function normally. He should be discharged in due course,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that the sad incident took place. However, it is important to indicate that this was an isolated case.”
Mabona said the department had arranged counselling for the family. The boy’s mother said she would be meeting officials from the department next week. She said she just wanted her son discharged.
However, the boy’s father said he was not aware of the arranged talks and just wanted someone to apologise to him before he could talk about closure. He said the mother had no right to engage in talks with the department without his knowledge.